Monday, April 12, 2010
Fairytales by Charles Perrault
Just ordered Charles Perrrault's Fairytales, and look forward to its arrival. The illustrations by Gustave Dore are stunning, wonderfully un p.c.
I'm interested in exloring fairytales in my short story work, especially `Little Red Riding Hood`.
It's a shame fairytales have become so sanitised, they were brutal for good reason in their day, there were wolves in the woods. Some would say there are still wolves in the woods, just under a different guise.
I think fairytales still have a place. I read the original Grimm Tales to my children and they love them, more meat on the bone than in the disney versions!
Angela Carter's Bloody Chamber is a good read for adults though her prose is almost too rich to digest in one sitting.